Consultant to provide technical support for the Lab System strengthening component, Global Health Security Project (GHSP), Mekong Program
PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health. Working in Vietnam since the early 1980s, PATH established a permanent office in Hanoi in 1997 and an office in Ho Chi Minh City in 2014.
PATH seeks a local consultant in Vietnam to provide technical support for Lab System Strengthening Component of a new, 5-year project aimed at building strong national capacity in health information systems, surveillance systems, and workforce development focusing on Field Epidemiology Training Program in Vietnam in order to achieve specific goals in three focus areas of Global Health Security Agenda including i) preventing avoidable epidemics; ii) detecting threat early; and iii) responding rapidly and effectively. The Lab Consultant will work closely with General Department of Preventive Medicine (GDPM), Ministry of Health and US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hanoi office, other international partners and PATH to coordinate, facilitate and implement the day-to-day activities of the project.
II. Specific responsibilities of the consultant
The consultant will be based at GDPM under supervision and direction of the GDPM leaders and PATH Project Director. Specific responsibilities include:
- Support GDPM leaders and serve as a focal point person for the Lab Network Strengthening Component of the Project, including leading, planning, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of lab network project activities.
- Provide technical support for the Division of Vaccine and Laboratory management - GDPM to develop national guidelines/SOPs on laboratory practices to submit to MOH for approval.
- Monitor implementation of national guidelines/SOPs related to laboratory and biosafety in laboratory.
- Adapt international guidelines related to laboratory and biosafety and provide consultation for Division of Vaccine and Laboratory management - GDPM and adapting the guidelines to be country specific.
- Organize and participate training courses on laboratory, and biosafety for laboratory staff as required.
- Conduct international cooperation activities on laboratory and biosafety.
- Provide technical assistance to project partners in Vietnam in implementation of Lab Strengthening related activities.
- Attend monthly/ad hoc meetings with GDPM, PATH and CDC.
- Identify issues/challenges and develop strategies for effective implementation of related work plan activities.
- Prepare progress report/deliverables of the Lab System Strengthening component as required by GDPM, PATH and CDC. The list of deliverables is subject to modify upon the revision of workplan.
Item Deliverables Time
Draft of National Guidelines for laboratory practice and biosafety March 31, 2016
Training materials on National Guidelines for laboratory practice and biosafety May 30, 2016
Monthly report on Disease surveillance activities Monthly from Jan. to Sep. 2016
III. Duration of the contract
The consultant will work full-time during the period from January 1st to September 29, 2016.
The consultant will be paid directly by PATH office in Viet Nam. The consultant fee will be paid monthly upon PATH’s receipt and approval of the deliverables and after GDPM leaders certify the duration and quality of the consultant’s work.
When going to the field, PATH will arrange and pay for transportation costs and per diem will be paid according to the PATH rate (applied for in-country travel).
- Excellent written and spoken Vietnamese and English.
- Strong report writing and presentation skills, and track record of publishing in peer reviewed journals.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team.
Willingness and ability to travel within Vietnam up to 30 percent per year.Required Experience
Advanced degree in a public health or laboratory science or medical doctor or Master’s degree in biology or related field.
Experience working effectively with government counterparts at both national and regional level.
Good knowledge on preventive medicine system, regulation on laboratory and biosafety.
At least 5 years of experience working in national/regional laboratories. Work experience in communicable diseases, particularly, vaccine preventable diseases would be an asset.
- Organization: PATH - Global Health Organization
- Location: Hanoi (Vietnam)
- Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
- Public Health and Health Service
- Security and Safety
- Operations and Administrations
- Public Policy and Administration
- Sexual and reproductive health
- Project and Programme Management
- Closing Date: 2015-12-31